Ke­jri­wal slams Ola, Uber, Delhi govt to ban surge pric­ing soon

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Faizan Haidar faizan.haider@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Rais­ing cab fares dur­ing high de­mand will be banned per­ma­nently in Delhi, chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal said on Wed­nes­day, de­scrib­ing as “day­light rob­bery” taxi ag­gre­ga­tor Ola and Uber’s busi­ness model that has an­gered many city com­muters.

As the sec­ond phase of the odd­e­ven road ra­tioning scheme left thou­sands of peo­ple strug­gling to find trans­port un­der a blis­ter­ing April sun, Ke­jri­wal ac­cused Ola and Uber, with­out nam­ing them, of black­mail­ing the gov­ern­ment.

On Mon­day, the gov­ern­ment banned “surge pric­ing” – the term used for de­mand-linked taxi fares – till the odd-even scheme was in force but changed its mind after a se­vere short­age of cabs on the road fu­elled peo­ple’s anger.

“Surge pric­ing is day­light rob­bery. No re­spon­si­ble govt can al­low that (sic),” Ke­jri­wal said in a tweet. After a user sug­gested that sus­pen­sion of surge pric­ing should con­tinue even after the odd-even scheme ends, Ke­jri­wal added, “Yes. We will do it.” “Some taxis say­ing they will not pro­vide cab if they are not al­lowed to loot. This is open black­mail­ing n govt will not let that hap­pen (sic).” CON­TIN­UED ON P11

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